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Nevada's cathouses: regulating brothels in the Wild West
The Telegraph ^ | 31 Mar 2011 | Rachel Ray

Posted on 03/31/2011 8:54:38 AM PDT by mandaladon

Nevada’s state-regulated brothels uphold a vital institution in the American West’s most remote state, finds Rachel Ray. In February, US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada native whose mother took in washing from whorehouses during his youth to support her family, proposed to a silent Nevada legislature that the world’s oldest profession should become illegal in the Silver State. “He’ll have to pry the cathouse keys from my cold, dead hands,” was one brothel owner’s reported retort to Reid’s suggestion.

Nevada is the only US state with legalised prostitution, which is heavily regulated and confined to rural counties with populations of less than 400,000. Several thousand women, considered independent contractors who must pay their own taxes, are registered as prostitutes in Nevada. But with a limited number of beds available, only about 300 are working at any given time in the state’s twenty-five legal brothels. According to Nevada conventional wisdom, the closer a brothel is to Sin City, Las Vegas, the prettier - and pricier - the girls.

Doug McMurdo, a veteran journalist in rural Nevada, has covered the state’s brothel industry for years and knows “more about prostitution than I care to admit” - although he’s never been a customer for the businesses he’s written about. The money brought into Nevada by the brothels really helps the rural towns, he said, particularly at a time when Nevada is experiencing its worst economy since the 1930s.

Brothel fees vary from county to county and on the size of the operation. Some small brothels, with just a few girls, pay a quarterly fee of $5,000 (£3,100). Bigger houses can pay up to $37,000 (£23,000) per quarter. One Nevada county takes in several hundred thousand dollars a year. The money is used for services ranging from ambulances to veterans’ assistance.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: moralabsolutes; prostitution; reed; reid
“You know, Americans like for people to think that we’re pure as the driven snow - but we’re not.” At least in the Silver State, they need “beer, whiskey, water, and women.”...I disagree, if you have beer you don't need water.
1 posted on 03/31/2011 8:54:46 AM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

She washed for them because she looked like harry and could not make any money. And the ladies make fun of harry’s little thing and he is still pissed about it.


2 posted on 03/31/2011 9:00:15 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: mandaladon
"Some small brothels, with just a few girls, pay a quarterly fee of $5,000 (£3,100). Bigger houses can pay up to $37,000 (£23,000) per quarter."

At what point does the State officially become a pimp?

3 posted on 03/31/2011 9:00:27 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: mandaladon

4 posted on 03/31/2011 9:00:38 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: mandaladon
Nevada’s state-regulated brothels uphold a vital institution in the American West’s most remote state, finds Rachel Ray.

"But it ain't a party until you drop the milk container on the floor," she said.

5 posted on 03/31/2011 9:05:26 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: mandaladon

“Brothel fees vary from county to county and on the size of the operation. Some small brothels, with just a few girls, pay a quarterly fee of $5,000.”

They’re getting screwed.


6 posted on 03/31/2011 9:06:37 AM PDT by jessduntno ("Money...can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them." - Rand)
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To: ClearCase_guy
She can cook my bratwurst any day!
7 posted on 03/31/2011 9:08:12 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: mandaladon

Many of the girls that work at the brothels come from out of state... stay for a couple of weeks... then return home.


8 posted on 03/31/2011 9:14:55 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: Mashood

Spring break?


9 posted on 03/31/2011 9:18:33 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: mandaladon

The real reason Reid came out against brothels is because of my book HARRY: Money Mob and Influence, which shows that Reid was taking money from pimp Joe Conforte at the Mustang Ranch in the early years. Harry’s best friend, Jay Brown, is a lawyer to many of the titty bars in town. I have a video up here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWkS8tPZFRg

Unfortunately, few seem to care.


10 posted on 03/31/2011 9:25:03 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: mandaladon

The worlds oldest profession - Lawers and Whores. Not sure in which order.


11 posted on 03/31/2011 9:49:10 AM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: mandaladon

US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada native whose mother took in washing from whorehouses during his youth to support her family,
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That answers a lot of questions about Harry Reid for me.

Mom should have been more careful around those sheets.


12 posted on 03/31/2011 9:49:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: mandaladon

***Nevada is the only US state with legalised prostitution,****

Back about 110 years ago there were these legal houses all over the US.

A few miles from me is an old hotel that used to be one and in Tulsa OK, at Archer & Greenwood was more than just the colored Wall Street!

And just what do you think GUNSMOKE’s Miss Kitty was, just a bar maid?


13 posted on 03/31/2011 9:53:56 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Hey buddy, did you just see a real bright light?)
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To: stubernx98

Lawyers or whores: neither came first, they’re both the same. They screw you.


14 posted on 03/31/2011 10:07:44 AM PDT by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: mandaladon

Harry Reid reminds me of the Nevada Senator in the “Godfather”. You know the one who strangled the hooker and becomes indebted to the Corleones after Tom Hagen covered it up for him.


15 posted on 03/31/2011 10:49:08 AM PDT by gusty
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To: stubernx98

I strenuously object to the slandering of prostitutes by comparing them with Lawyers.


16 posted on 03/31/2011 10:50:58 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: gusty
You know the one who strangled the hooker and becomes indebted to the Corleones

Did he really strangle her, or was she murdered by Corleone's guys, and then he was drugged, so that they convinced him that he did kill her?

17 posted on 03/31/2011 10:51:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: mandaladon
...“beer, whiskey, water, and women.”...I disagree, if you have beer you don't need water.

Respectful correction: you can't make the whiskey or beer without the water.

8^)

18 posted on 03/31/2011 11:00:49 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: stubernx98
"The worlds oldest profession - Lawers and Whores. Not sure in which order. "
That is redundant, you have repeated yourself.
19 posted on 03/31/2011 3:55:26 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: mandaladon
If they unionize and the union contributes to Dingy Harry's campaign ....

The International Sisterhood of Brothel Workers, AFL/CIO could be a major force in Nevada politics.

20 posted on 03/31/2011 4:34:09 PM PDT by reg45
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To: mandaladon
The money is used for services ranging from ambulances to veterans’ assistance.

Makes it sound quite noble, eh? I'm so glad I don't have to live in NV.

21 posted on 03/31/2011 5:09:55 PM PDT by prairiebreeze ("We need to be in it to win it, and if there's doubt we need to get out". -- Palin on Libya.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Miss Kitty was no bar maid and no hooker, she OWNED the Long Branch! A madam for sure but that was never mentioned in the script.


22 posted on 03/31/2011 5:13:02 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I call Photoshop!


23 posted on 03/31/2011 7:03:36 PM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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To: Venturer

I think they were stained worse when returned.


24 posted on 03/31/2011 7:04:55 PM PDT by steve8714 (Firing Federal Bureaucrats would have a 100,000x beneficial effect on the deficit, maybe more.)
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